What is Route 91 Harvest Festival? A look at scene before bloodshed

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

Las Vegas Shooting: At Least 50 Dead, More Than 200 Injured

It was during the final performance of the Route 91 Harvest Festival that a gunman opened fire Sunday night in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and wounding over 400 more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The festival, in its fourth year, bills itself on Facebook as “three days of country music on the Vegas strip.” Hashtags for the event included #RT91Harvest and #ThreeDayNeonSleepover.

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Hello #lasvegas !! This is gonna be fun !! #route91harvest

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Beginning Friday, it boasted performances by some big names in Nashville, including Eric Church and Sam Hunt, who closed out the night Friday and Saturday, respectively. Other performers throughout the weekend included Jake Owen, Big and Rich and Maren Morris.

Headliner Jason Aldean took the main stage on the final night about 20 minutes before police say alleged gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The 43-story resort is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, which also owns the Las Vegas Village and Festival Grounds.

The 15-acre entertainment, sports and festival venue, the location of the festival, can hold more than 25,000 guests.

NPR reported that last year’s festival was at capacity. Passes and VIP packages for this year’s event, which ranged in price from $210 to $750, were sold out as well, according to the festival’s website.

Concert-goers who spent the weekend at the festival had the option of bunking at the Circus Circus RV Park for $45 per night, or they could choose from more than a half-dozen hotels within two or three blocks of the venue.

The Mandalay Bay, which overlooks the festival grounds, was one of those options.
Social media posts on the festival’s official Facebook page, along with posts from performers and singers, show a fun-filled weekend full of music. The Washington Post reported that a couple got engaged during one of the performances Friday evening.

One group at the festival, Brothers Osborne, took to Twitter to call that night “one for the books.”

The festival’s organizers on Saturday told fans they were “still not over” the day before.

“We can’t believe we get to do it all over again today; get ready,” an afternoon post read.

Photos and videos from the festival show a rousing time, with patrons taking advantage of the amenities offered, including water stations that not only kept people hydrated, but also kept them cool with misting fans.

Throughout the day, the festival’s page also had live footage of some of the acts taking the stages.

“Rise and shine, Las Vegas!” one post read on Sunday morning. “We hope you’re rested because we’ve got a big day ahead of us!”

Festival organizers’ final Facebook post before the shooting read, “Good friends, good music and good drinks. What more could we want?”

Performers at the festival in 2016 included Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan. Previous years saw Aldean take the stage, as well as Tim McGraw, Blake Sheldon, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert.

This year’s festival was organized by Live Nation and tour promoter Brian O'Connell, who NPR reported also produced the country music festivals Watershed in Washington, Faster Horses in Michigan, Lake Shake in Chicago and Farmborough in New York City.

Police find woman, child and infant naked and unconscious under mysterious circumstances

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:41 PM

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A baby girl passed away, and a woman and an older girl, believed to be the infant’s mother and sister, are still hospitalized after police discovered all three of them naked, unconscious and covered in white powder in the parking lot of a Los Angeles, market.

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Officers responded to the scene around 2 a.m. Thursday after receiving a report of a woman screaming. They arrived to find the victims in the mysterious condition, none of them breathing. Authorities believe the three are residents of the area. According to the owner of the market, the woman was barefoot, and the 8-year-old girl was crying when they purchased three cans of Ajax cleaner and latex gloves.

There were no signs of obvious trauma on the trio’s bodies, and police are not sure what happened to them or what injuries they may have suffered. Both the woman and the girl are in critical condition. A hazardous-material team identified the white powder covering the victims as a baby product.

“It is devastating when you’re dealing with children,” LAPD 

Capt. Michael Rimkunas said.

While an unidentified man was seen in handcuffs during a preliminary investigation, he was later released. Police will review surveillance video from the scene and are currently looking for witnesses who may have information on what happened.

Ex-Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license after allegedly asking student to touch his genitals

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:23 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:23 PM

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A former Florida Gators quarterback did not contest allegations that he asked an underage student to touch him inappropriately.

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Edgewater High School football coach and Art Recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid allegations that, around Sept. 5, 2016, he received a massage from a 15-year-old female student and asked the student to touch his penis, according to an order filed by the Florida Education Practices Commission on Tuesday. 

Leak allegedly was wearing only a towel when he received the massage.

As a condition of the voluntary surrender of his certificate, Leak will never have the certificate reinstated and will not be allowed to apply for a new one. He also chooses “not to contest any of the allegations or charges” levied against him in the Administrative Complaint, according to documents.

Dashcam video shows woman tripping over pants while running from police

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:16 PM

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A felony suspect tried to make a run from police, but her clothes did her in.

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WSB-TV received dashcam video of the suspect running from a car. Her pants eventually fall down, and then, so does she.

A Norcross, Georgia, police officer pulled over a Toyota Camry this week after running its plates and discovering its owner was wanted on several charges. 

Police said driver Dayana Maldonado then took off.

The chase was on until Maldonado pulled into a bus maintenance yard at the end of a dead end street and tried to run. Her pants dropped and she fell to the ground -- not once, but twice.

That allowed for officers to catch up and take her into custody. 

“Can you pull up my pants please, sir,” Maldonado said in the video. “This is so embarrassing.”

Police said Maldonado was wanted on several felony probation violations, including burglary. She now faces several additional charges as well. 

Maldonado remains in jail as of Friday afternoon, held without bond. 

Those old Precious Moments figurines could be worth hundreds of dollars

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

Some Precious Moments figurines may sell for hundreds of dollars for collectors.
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If you collect Precious Moments figurines, you may be sitting on a small fortune. Some of the company’s earliest offerings can sell for hundreds of dollars online.

Precious Moments was founded in 1978 and originally featured 21 collectibles. “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” one of the so-called Original 21, retailed for $15 at the time. Today, it’s worth a lot more than that.

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According to a report from Today.com, the “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” figurines have been valued at more than $2,000, although they usually go for less than half that amount. One sold on eBay for $250 in October 2017.

“God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” features a little girl giving away puppies. Kansas City Star reported that was discontinued in 1981.

The most valuable ones are in excellent condition; even the smallest cracks or chips can dramatically reduce their value, according to Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles.

While “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” is by far the most valuable Precious Moments figurine, others have also fetched more than their original price. According to Today.com, certain limited edition collectibles and ones “from the peak of the Precious Moments craze” in the late 1970s and early 1980s can sell for more than $100 on eBay.